Wasilla waste handler ordered to halt business

Posted: Monday, June 29, 2009

ANCHORAGE - A Wasilla waste treatment business has been ordered to stop burning or handling hospital and infectious waste.

The permanent injunction issued Thursday by U.S. District Court Judge John Sedwick goes into effect July 1 unless Safety Waste Incineration demonstrates compliance with the federal Clean Air Act.

The order stems from a civil complaint brought by the Department of Justice on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA says business owners Nancy and James Oliver have been violating federal waste rules since October 2002.

Sedwick ruled the couple in noncompliance last year, and in a March bench trial determined the actions including a $75,000 penalty.

Anchorage attorney Ted Stepovich, who represents the Olivers, says the couple believes they are exempt from some regulations and likely will appeal.

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